Ta­bles are turned

Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Front Page -

With vinyl mak­ing a come­back, Raj Bains spent a day in the life of one of York­shire’s most pop­u­lar stores to find out who is be­hind the re­vival. Pic­tures by James Hardisty.

Record stores – and the peo­ple that work in them – have a rep­u­ta­tion. Like Cham­pi­onship Vinyl in Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity they are of­ten re­garded as a home to mu­sic snobs, who look un­favourably on any­one buy­ing a record which has ever trou­bled the charts. The op­po­site, how­ever, is true of Jumbo Records in Leeds, which has been push­ing vinyl for the best part of 50 years. Be­ing in a city which val­ues live mu­sic, from the ever pop­u­lar Leeds Fes­ti­val at Bramham Park to the an­nual Live At Leeds event, helps.

It ini­tially opened on the bal­cony of the Queens Ar­cade, be­fore an in­crease in de­mand re­quired more space. While a brief ten­ancy in the Mer­rion Cen­tre oc­curred in 1974, it was in the St John’s Cen­tre where Jumbo re­ally found a home for it­self, mov­ing in dur­ing 1988 and stay­ing for the sub­se­quent 30 years.

Home to racks of vinyl records, CDs, cas­sette tapes, var­i­ous pieces of mem­o­ra­bilia, mag­a­zines and the odd fanzine to boot, the store has kept one foot ahead of its com­pe­ti­tion by stay­ing true to its roots.

While the record in­dus­try might be un­der­go­ing a vinyl re­nais­sance right now – with chain stores and su­per­mar­kets cap­i­tal­is­ing on the re­newed in­ter­est in the a phys­i­cal for­mat – Jumbo al­ways sus­pected that those who pre­dicted its death were be­ing a lit­tle pre­ma­ture.

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